State goes into government shutdown over budget stall

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Effective Friday at midnight, the state of New Jersey is closed for business, for all nonessential services, including state parks, beaches and camping areas – right before the July 4 holiday.

It is the state’s first government shutdown since 2006, and occurred Friday night after the Democrat-led Legislature and Republican governor Chris Christie failed to agree on a new budget.

At issue is whether to include legislation involving the state’s largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, into the budget, according to NBC New York News.

Governor Christie has ordered a special session to resume on Saturday.

Meanwhile, many government services are closed:

  • State parks, beaches, recreational areas, forests, camping areas and historic sites.
  • State offices
  • Motor vehicle offices – including drivers’ licenses and vehicle tags
  • State Courts
  • Pension and tax offices
  • Department of Health, including requests for birth and marriage certificates
  • Tourism welcome centers

Remaining open:

  • State Police and National Guard
  • Transit trains and buses
  • Lottery ticket sales
  • Casinos and racetracks
  • Road Work
  • Highway tolls
  • Unemployment and disability services
  • Child services
  • State Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Schools


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